While the University of Kentucky is probably best known nationally for its basketball program, an argument can be made that its opera program isn't that far behind Wildcat basketball in terms of national recognition and recruitment of students.
This weekend, the UK Opera Theatre Program presents Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the Lexington Opera House. Director Everett McCorvey notes that this facility is uniquely suited for both performing and hearing Mozart's work, as it both has good acoustics and the audience is never far from the stage, allowing the listener to be more intimate with the performance. It's also not challenging to the musicians and vocalists to have to struggle to project in what would be a larger hall. In addition to having the perfect setting for the particular opera, McCorvey notes that Mozart's writing is perfect for younger voices.